This presentation will impart a social interpretation of how life among Indian Nations began to change due to the plight American Indian people were forced into in the name of education. American Indians are the only ethnic group in the U.S. who were subjected to forced education by the federal government for generations. Children were taken by force, placed in a boarding school, kept there for several years, and were not allowed to speak their language or practice their culture. Parents were forced to sever all contact with their children while the children were forced into a hostile environment and expected to thrive and learn. The presentation is from an American Indian perspective.
Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie is a Professor Emerita at Northern Arizona University. She obtained a Masters degree in Bilingual Multicultural Education and a Doctorate in Education. Retiring after teaching 24 years, Evangeline became a writer of novels and short stories. She wrote a novel based upon the Navajo Long Walk and is the first of four that tell the story of a Navajo family and their struggles. She also wrote an award winning children’s book about the Navajo Long Walk titled, Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home. Evangeline is a Navajo woman, originally from Hardrock on the Navajo Reservation.